14. Be Humble.

Don’t let your own ego get in the way of doing what’s best for the team. Be open to learning from others, no matter what role they have, and regardless of their age, industry, experience, or years with the company. Everyone has something he/she can teach us, and everyone’s perspective has value.

Tony's Message:


Being Humble leaves a lasting impression on what people think of you. It can play a large role in creating a successful business relationship.

Expressing this trait towards others benefits everyone. It makes people feel comfortable in your presence and can open lines of communications. This to me builds trust and loyalty with customers and associates.

A good way to practice or improve being humble would be to always be cordial, ask questions, share your knowledge without arrogance, show respect to others, listen to what others have to say before committing to anything, and embrace change.  These are just a few steps, I’m sure there are many others to apply.

Not showing humility towards others can be a determining factor in them befriending or defriending you.  In sales we all know how important that can be.

A good example of this fundamental in action would be our Famous Round Table meetings. Our ELT exemplifies being humble by meeting with everyone in all departments. Getting associates to feel comfortable amongst their supervisors and fellow associates, sharing knowledge, asking questions, and opening discussions for debates. They are open for suggestions and give us an opportunity to make a difference in our company.

Remember, “People want to work for people who value their opinions.”

“No one person has all the answers. If you think you do, it’s time to reassess.”

Ask yourself, can I improve on being a more humble person? Being humble in representing yourself is a life lesson we should never forget or stop learning.

Tony Williamson
Famous Supply Toledo/Outside Sales